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Barossa United’s star player

Barossa United’s star player

Barossa United Soccer Club’s women’s team have a new accolade to add to their success with Jo D’Giacoma, Kapunda, winning 2016 player of the year for division 5 from the Football Federation SA (FFSA).

The FFSA awards night was held on October 15 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, and was attended by many female players in the local, state and premier leagues.

The newly formed Barossa United Women’s team had a successful first year, coming second in division 5 of the FFSA league.

Jo was an instrumental part of the team’s success as a strong sweeper for the women’s side. Her passionate and competitive nature drove her to play at the best of her ability in every game.

While Jo was excited to win the award and was aiming for this at the start of the season, she was still surprised when she won since she had missed four games over the season.

“It was my goal, I am so happy and proud. It was a surprise, missing those games, I thought I would be out a couple of votes,” said Jo.

“We did great, we got second for the season. I am just so proud, how good is it that the Barossa has that much potential that we got second and now we are moving up to division four? 

“The girls have been great, they are very supportive of my perfectionism…. It was always my goal to get best and fairest, that’s what I go for every game.”

Jo has always been an avid player of the sport, she started playing when she was very young in Utah, America.

Throughout high school and into college, she was playing for competitive teams, and never really realised how much she loved the sport until she moved over.

She said it was a bit of a culture shock moving to Australia with her husband, Damien, who lived in Kapunda.

Jo played and tested sports to pick up but found nothing could replace her love for soccer. 

She liked playing tennis, but it was more of a casual sport for her. Jo also attempted netball, but found she didn’t like the sport at all.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.